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Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers

Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers
Creator: Hunter, Nathaniel Wyche, 1811-1849
Inclusive Dates: 1820-1869
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet (2 document boxes, 1 half box)
Collection Number: ms331
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Nathaniel Wyche Hunter (1811-1849), graduated from West Point (1833), served in the U.S. Army during the Florida Wars and Mexican War in Company H of the 2nd Regular U.S. Dragoons. Married Sarah R. Golding of Athens, Georgia in 1846.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Golding Hunter from 1820-1869. The earliest correspondence (1840-1843) is to Sarah R. Golding from family and friends, mainly discussing Athens social life and their experiences at school. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence (1843-1846) between Hunter and his fiancee and later wife Sarah R. Golding while he served in the 2nd Cavalry (Dragoons) of the U.S. Army, particularly during the Mexican War. His early letters discuss mostly their budding romance, but later letters describe camp conditions, travel to Mexico, the Mexican countryside, and engagements of his unit. Includes letters from the Augusta Arsenal (Ga.), Fort Columbus (N.Y.), Fort Jessup, Corpus Christi (Tex.), and Camargo (Mexico) with details on the Battle of Palo Alto and Reseca de la Palma (May 1846). The collection contains some official military correspondence such as orders, memos and correspondence documenting the actions of John E. Wool, Zachary Taylor, Irvin McDowell, William Joseph Hardee, and John S. Wood.

The papers also include diaries kept by Hunter from October 1-15, 1846 discussing his trip to Mexico and another from February 21 - March 12, 1848 describing his command of American troops near Monterrey (Mexico); and a diary kept by Sarah G. Hunter from 1848-1849 mainly describing Athens (Ga.) social life and the death of her husband.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nathaniel Wyche and Sarah R. Hunter papers, ms331, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 June 29.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athens (Ga.) -- Social life and customs.
Hardee, William Joseph, 1815-1873
Hitchcock, Charles M.
Linton, John L.
McDowell, Irvin, 1818-1885
Mexican War, 1846-1848.
Mexico -- Description and travel.
Soldiers -- Georgia -- Diaries.
Stevens, William Bacon, 1815-1887
United States. Army. Cavalry, 2nd
Women -- Georgia -- Diaries.
Wood, John S.
Wool, John E., 1789-1869

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Biographical, military service and pension records

11Biographical, military service and pension records


191845 January-February
1101845 March-May
1111845 June-September
1121845 October-December
211846 January
221846 February
231846 March
241846 April
251846 May
261846 June
271846 July
281846 August
291846 September 1-15
2101846 September 16-24
2111846 September 25-30
2121846 October
2131846 November 1-15
2141846 November 16-30
2151846 December
2161847 January
2171847 February
2181847 March
2191847 April
2201847 May
2211847 June
2221847 July
2231847 August
2241847 September
2251847 October
2261847 November
2271847 December
311848 January
321848 February
331848 March
341848 April
351848 May
361848 June
371848 July
381848 August
391848 September
3101848 November
3111848 December
3121849 January-February
3131849 March
3141849 April-December
3151850 January-March
3161850 April-November

Military affairs


Bills, 1845

322Bills, 1845


323Wyche Hunter, October 1-15, 1846
324February 21-March 12, 1848
325Sarah G. Hunter, 1848
326Sarah G. Hunter, June-July 1849


327Letter, 1917
329Empty Envelopes